Where to Find the Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Jackie
Frozen ice cream with granola and raspberry at Miyama Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Where are the best desserts in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam? We’re in the third year of living in Ho Chi Minh City and are on the quest to try as many dessert places to satisfy our sweet tooth. Whether you enjoy something sweet after dinner or a mid-afternoon tea break, you’re bound to find a place to eat tasty desserts in this city. 

From cakes to ice cream, each of the dessert places mentioned has been tried and tested by yours truly. Don’t worry, you’re getting an honest review of each dessert shop as we’ve eaten at many of these places multiple times and paid for the sweets. 

Continue reading this post on our 8 favorite and delicious places to eat dessert in Ho Chi Minh City. The list is in no particular order and we’ll continue to add to it as we try new shops. Please note that we do not have Vietnamese dessert places listed as we’re still eating our way through the city. 

If your stomach can handle multiple desserts in a day, feel free to try as many as you can!

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Map of Where to Eat Dessert in Ho Chi Minh City

Map of the Ho Chi Minh City dessert locations

Click on the image to see a detailed map of the dessert locations in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Credit: Map data: Google

Note: You may need to hire a motorbike taxi, taxi, or ride-hailing vehicle to travel to various places. Check out our post on different transportation ways to use here.


1. Maison Marou

Who is a chocolate fan?! *Raises hands* Chocolate lovers will love visiting Maison Marou. The company makes quality milk and dark chocolates in Vietnam and utilizes cacao and other ingredients from the six provinces. Once you try the chocolate, you’ll notice the superb taste and flavor which tastes great in a dessert. 

This cafe and patisserie offer a variety of sweets and baked goods. The offerings vary on each visit, yet they always have tiramisu, chocolate tart, chocolate eclairs, and opera cake. Macarons with different flavors, chocolate cookies, brownies, and muffins are also offered. 

At the District 1 store, you can see workers piping chocolate, making desserts, and also roasting cacao beans (which you can try at your table). 

We’ve tried a few items here such as the chocolate tart with the chocolate mousse and brownie. The desserts are too pretty to eat with the extra chocolate decorative pieces. Don’t let the small size fool you as they’re rich in flavor. You may need to share with another person so you don’t have a chocolate overload. (Is there even a thing?!)

They also serve a variety of drinks such as hot or cold Signature Marou chocolate, hot mocha, hot tea, and more. The cold Signature Marou chocolate drink surprised us with how light and whipped it tasted. 

You can also buy Marou chocolate bars and create a box of individual chocolates as unique travel gifts from Vietnam

Address:

  • District 1 Location: 167-169 Calmette, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình
  • District 2 Location: 90 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Điền

Cost: 70,000-125,000 VND ($3-$5.40 USD)

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

Chocolate mousse dessert at Maison Marou in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

You can’t go wrong with any of the chocolate desserts at Maison Marou.


2. Vagabond Pâtisserie & Café

Vagabond Pâtisserie & Café is a gorgeous place to eat dessert and cake in Ho Chi Minh. Before entering the cafe, you’ll walk under a trellis with plants and flowers. Inside the cafe has more indoor plants and a tranquil ambiance. 

This place opened in 2018 and offers a blend of French and Japanese flavors. They use seasonal fruits and ingredients for the desserts so the menu options vary all the time. 

Mille crepes are a popular dessert here. “Mille” means thousand in French and the cake is named after the many layers (although, it’s not a thousand layers). The avocado mille crepe is quite decadent and is one of the shop’s popular items. Other fun flavors include blueberry and jasmine, early grey, matcha, yuzu mango, and cherry. 

Other desserts include choux au craquelin (but with some creative twists such as avocado and chocolate), cheesecakes, and more. Ice cream is available as an option. 

Every time we visit, we’re never disappointed with the offerings. The desserts overload the sight and taste buds. From the beautiful presentation to the rich, yet not overly sweet flavors, it’ll be a memorable food experience. We also love how the desserts are in creative shapes such as a candle for the Halloween and Christmas holidays.

Array of desserts from The Vagabond Patisserie and Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vagabond Patisserie is one of the best places to eat desserts in Saigon!

If you stay in HCMC for an extended time, order a whole cake with 2 days of advance notice. Contact the shop on its Facebook page to place the order. We highly recommend the Matcha “Komorebi” if you’re a matcha lover. This cake is bursting with matcha flavor from the cake to the matcha white chocolate crumbles inside to the mascarpone mousse layer and cream. It’s so delicious that we polish a small size cake (16 centimeters / 6.2 inches) in a couple of days. 

Matcha cake from The Vagabond Patisserie in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Matcha lovers will love this matcha cake! It has matcha cream and cake.

You can also order gifts for Valentine’s Day and Mid-Autumn Festival. The mooncakes have creative fillings and come in a decorative box. 

Address: 

  • District 1 Location: 9 Trần Cao Vân, Đa Kao, District 1
  • District 2 Location: 38 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Điền

Cost: Mini desserts are 90,000-120,000 VND ($3.90-$5.20); Whole cakes start at 500,000 VND ($22)

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card


3. Miyama Cafe

Miyama Cafe is a modern Japanese cafe located in the Saigon Centre Shopping Mall. Miyama (美山) means “beautiful mountain” in Japanese, and it’s no surprise that this cafe serves elegant desserts and food that deserve to be in an art gallery. They are too beautiful to eat! Just check out our featured photo!

We love the matcha mille crepe as it has over 30 layers of crepe with decadent matcha cream between the layers. It’s a popular item and often sells out after 7:30pm. 

Matcha mille crepe at Miyama Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our favorite dessert – matcha millecrepe!

The souffles are also a must-get when you’re here. There are savory options such as earl grey and four cheese. They are so fluffy and light to eat! Just know that the souffles require at least 20 minutes to bake, so you may want to have an appetizer or relax during the time. 

This place uses seasonal ingredients to inspire them for the holidays and other fun events. When avocado is in season, this place has an avocado ice cream inside a chocolate shell. It looks like you’re eating half an avocado. 

You also can’t go wrong with any of the drinks here. The almond milk is silky and not sweetened. The matcha lattes and fruit juices are also refreshing to try. 

Address: Level 3 of Saigon Centre (L3-01, 65 Đ. Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1)

Cost: Starts at 115,000 VND ($5) and up 

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

A turtle shaped bread and koi fish dessert at Miyama Cafe

Miyama Cafe has the prettiest desserts that we’ve seen.


4. Godmother’s Bake & Brunch

Godmother’s Bake & Brunch is an Instagram-worthy Australian brunch place with pastel pink decor.  It’s a popular spot to enjoy brunch and dessert. 

The main star is the chiffon cake, which is perfect for sharing in a group. This place is always stocked with salted caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and earl grey chiffon cake. While you can order the chiffon cake to go, it’s best to eat there and enjoy the hip vibe of the cafe. 

We tried the salted caramel and the earl grey chiffon cakes. The cakes are fluffy and moist. Each of the cakes has a thick layer of cream with the associated flavor. For example, earl grey lovers will enjoy the early grey cream and cake. 

They also offer carrot cake and macarons. On a return trip, we’ll try the food options as the menu has a variety of typical breakfast foods, sandwiches, pastas, and more. 

Tip: This place is always busy so call to make a reservation. 

Address: Level 3, 2-4-6, Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, District 1

Cost: Chiffon cakes cost 180,000 VND ($7.80) each

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

Chiffon cakes at Godmother's Bake and Brunch in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

These chiffon cakes are a must-try dessert at Godmother’s Bake and Brunch.


5. Morico Cafe

Want to try more Japanese sweets? Head to Morico Cafe. It’s just like visiting a sweets shop back in Uji, Japan, or any other place in Japan since there are so many matcha (green tea) desserts!

Try Japanese parfaits, chocolate molten cake with matcha, shaved ice, warabi mochi, gelato, homemade waffles, and more. You can also add sides such as shiratama and azuki beans. 

We love the parfaits as they come with jellies, gelato, panna cotta, and shiratama. The matcha warabi mochi is also another good option if you like the chewy factor. 

Morico also offers cold drinks such as houjicha and genmaicha floats, matcha yuzu (which is refreshing on a hot day), and more. 

Address: Various locations which you can see here 

Cost: Starts at 80,000 VND ($3.45) and up 

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

Matcha warabi mochi with three shiratama balls and matcha ice cream at Morico Cafe

Check out Morico Cafe for Japanese sweets!


6. Azabu Sabo

Love Japanese soft serve ice cream? Visit Azabu Sabo, located next to the Yamazaki Bakery in the basement level of Takashimaya Store in Saigon Centre. This Hokkaido ice cream shop specializes in creamy ice cream with low sugar and natural ingredients. 

They usually have a lot of tea flavors such as matcha, rich matcha, genmaicha, and other flavors such as black sesame. You can have up to two flavors in a cup or cake cone. This shop also has cold drinks with soft-serve ice cream. 

Address: Basement Level 2 of Saigon Centre (65 Đ. Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1)

Cost: Single cone (70,000 VND/$3.00), double cone (95,000 VND/$4.10), single cup (60,000 VND/$2.60), double cup (85,000 VND/$3.70)

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

Two scoops of ice cream at Azabu Sabo in Takeshimaya, Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Azabu Sabo ice cream is a real treat when you’re at Saigon Centre.


7. Puppy & Cesar

Love Italian gelato? Head to Puppy & Cesar. The gelato flavors are made in-house and use fresh and seasonal ingredients. Sorbets are also available as a non-dairy option. There are sugar and waffle cones available. 

Every time we visit, there are new flavors, yet, we always get the black sesame if it’s available. The sesame gelato has so much umami flavor.  

Enjoy your gelato in the small, outdoor patio area located in front of the shop. 

Address: 35 Tống Hữu Định, Thảo Điền, District 2

Cost: Each scoop is 30,000 VND ($1.30) 

Payment Accepted: Cash only

Two hands holding two scoops of ice cream with sugar cone at Puppy and Cesar in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The gelatos are amazing at Puppy and Cesar.


8. Tous les Jours

You’re probably thinking why Tous les Jours? While this South Korean bakery chain has fresh bread and baked goods, they also have yummy cakes. 

Stop by any Tous les Jours bakery around the city and check out the cakes in the refrigerator section. The cakes are fresh as they are delivered to the store every few days. Popular cakes include fresh cream cake with fruits, a rainbow cake with colorful layers, and mango mousse. If you can’t commit to a whole cake, there are slices available for purchase. 

One of the yummiest cakes to try is the durian cake. Yes, you heard that right – durian!! While durian has a reputation of being the stinkiest fruit in Asia, the flavor is quite fragrant in this cake. There are layers of durian cream between the cake layers. The top of the cake has an adorable durian hard sugar decoration but it’s not edible. This cake isn’t available all year round as the fruit is seasonal, so it’s recommended to check out their Facebook page for updates. 

Address: Various locations

Cost: Whole cake starts at 300,000 VND ($13) 

Payment Accepted: Cash and credit card

Durian cake from Tous les Jours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Who likes durian? Check out the durian cake when it’s available at Tous les Jours.


We’ve concluded our favorite dessert places in HCMC that you need to try at least once. We’ll continue to seek out new dessert shops to try and will update this post to share with you.

Which of these Ho Chi Minh City desserts do you want to try? Let us know in the comments.

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Two hands holding up two ice cream cones with two scoops each in front of a sign at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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2 comments

wanderlustwithlisa January 13, 2021 - 4:20 am

I love how unique and diverse these desserts are .. I really want to try them all but especially the chocolate molten cake with matcha!!

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Jackie January 13, 2021 - 1:06 pm

Hi Lisa. If you visit Ho Chi Minh City in the future, let me know! I’ll take you to try the chocolate molten cake with matcha 🙂

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